Rugby village gets hooked up to speedy broadband

Attorney General and Willoughby MP Jeremy Wright was not the only star attraction at the broadband celebration... NNL-161107-163934001
Attorney General and Willoughby MP Jeremy Wright was not the only star attraction at the broadband celebration... NNL-161107-163934001
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An alpaca, an attorney general, broadband champions and villagers frustrated by old technology united in a celebration on Friday.

The cause for all this rejoicing was an unremarkable green cabinet on the side of the A45 which has come on stream to give Willoughby access at last to superfast broadband.

Rural areas which have been lagging behind in the race for faster connections have been given hope by the CSW Broadband project, which is led by BT and Warwickshire County Council.

Willoughby’s cabinet is the 300th to go live as a result and it will serve some 185 homes and businesses in the village.

Attorney General Jeremy Wright was there in his capacity as the village’s MP and was joined by representatives of CSW Broadband and campaigning residents happy to be moving out of the slow lane.

Mr Wright said: “CSW Broadband has an ambition to achieve 98 per cent coverage by 2018, and this cabinet is another step towards those targets.

“Residents and businesses in Willoughby can now join the information superhighway and work is underway to improve connectivity across the Leam Valley area.”

Dr Jeremy Stocker, who owns Willoughby Alpacas said: “Access to fast broadband will allow us to set up a website for our growing alpaca business.”

Landlord of The Rose Inn, Rudi Prymaka, said: “As we live in the pub it will be great for us to be able to stream TV and films so we can watch them at a time to suit us. We currently provide wi-fi for our customers, but it is slow and unreliable.